Social Skills Groups and More!

Enrollment is now open for Summer Groups

Enrollment is now open for our Summer 2018 groups! This year we are pleased to offer several groups that focus on speech/language and social skills. More groups will be starting later in the summer so please check back with us later to see new offerings for 2018!

Our Social Skills & Speech/Language Groups help your child build confidence and skills with the guidance of Amy McDowell, a licensed speech-language pathologist. Through play and instruction in a safe environment, Amy engages children in skill-building activities and interactions that provide positive change over the course of six-week sessions.

Read on for a full schedule and more details, and contact STEPS for Kids today to enroll. Don’t delay – space is limited! Call 630-552-9890 or contact us online.

Social Skills Group: Young Children 4 to 6 years (Preschool/Kindergarten level)

Mondays  9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  |  $140

June 11 – July 23: 6 sessions  NO CLASS on 7/2

Designed especially for younger children, this four-week program meets Mondays  9a.m. for a total of six one-hour sessions. Children are guided through structured play and learning activities targeted to their needs that support enhanced social engagement across all settings. Curriculum is based on “We Thinkers” from the Social Thinking program and adapted to fit the needs of the children in the group.  (Enrollment Min 3/Max 4)



Early Language and Literacy Group: 4-6 years (Preschool/Kindergarten level)

Fridays  10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  |  $140

June 15 – July 27: 6 sessions  NO CLASS on 7/6

This group will support language development for comprehension and expression of concepts related to language and pre-reading skills. Each session will be centered around a different story with a topical theme, such as Curious George Goes to the Beach or There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell. Games and activities will target language skills such as sequencing, following directions, answering questions, and concepts such as prepositions. Perfect way to build readiness for fall school programs!   (Enrollment Min 3/ Max 5)



Speech/Articulation Skills for Older Children 7 to 9 years (2nd to 4th grade level)

Mondays  10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  |  $140

June 11 – July 23: 6 sessions NO CLASS on 7/2

Excellent group for encouraging generalization of speech articulation skills into social situations and play based activities! Sessions will include a variety of games and activities to target each child’s individual needs for articulation and clarity of speech with a focus on later developing sounds that children may struggle with.  Perfect for the older child who needs more practice in spontaneous speech production of difficult sounds.  (Enrollment Min 3/ Max 6)


About Amy McDowell, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Amy has experience in clinic, home and school settings, providing both individual and group therapy to children from infants to adolescents. Amy uses play based therapy to facilitate speech and language skills development. She recognizes the individual differences of each child and tailors her approach to best meet each child’s needs within the group setting. She provides family feedback and support as part of all group experiences.

To register for a social skills group, please contact our office by phone (630-552-9890) or online. Space is limited and subject to confirmation by our office staff.

All children who attend a group must be able to participate in group activities without one-on-one assistance. Don’t see a session that works for you, or interested in something slightly different? Contact us to discuss your options!

Please note: Social Skills groups are not billable to insurance. Payment is due in full prior to the first session. No refunds on individual missed sessions or after the date of first session. STEPS for Kids reserves the right to reschedule sessions missed due to therapists’ absence or other extenuating circumstances. Minimum enrollment must be met in order to have group run.